Red Russian Kale
'Russian Red' kale.

Red Russian Kale

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Red Russian

60 days — Once a fairly rare variety only circulated among seed saving gardeners, 'Red Russian' kale has become a popular commercial variety. Synonyms attributed to this variety include, 'Russian Red', 'Canadian Broccoli', 'Ragged Jack' and 'Buda'.[1] Its reddish colored, frilly leaves have purple veins and deliver an excellent flavor. The plants are quite frost tolerant.

As plant historians, we seek factual, documentary evidence before we publish a variety's history. 'Red Russian' kale is one of those varieties whose history, to date, remains elusive. Although some seed sellers describe interesting and colorful "stories" about is dating to pre-1885 Canadian fur traders, we have not been able to locate supporting evidence. What we do know is that it started appearing in the United States in about 1984 among seed savers and its popularity has grown from there. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 250 seeds.
Love it fresh in salads
I grew this kale and was still picking leaves off the 6 plants I had for 4 months! I had no problems with pests, except a short battle with slugs that I quickly got under control. I like it cooked but love it fresh in salads & even used in place of lettuce for sandwiches!
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Reviewed by:  from Sioux Falls, SD. on 9/6/2011
Agreed, The Best Kale Ever!
This Kale is delicious. So tender & sweet you can eat it right off the plant--perfect for salads. And it looks simply beautiful too; a gorgeous red & green coloring.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Seattle, Wa. on 1/6/2014
Sweet and Prolific
In just the right spot this variety from Victory Seed Co. lasted five seasons! Very tender and very sweet especially following a frost. Seeds remained viable until I ran out (3 years). I attribute this to packaging by Victory Seeds® in one of their packs we purchased.
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Reviewed by:  from Oklahoma. on 7/11/2014
This is the first kale I have ever grown. I planted it in January and produced through May. By March and April it was producing all we could use on only two plants. Delicious in kale chips.
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Reviewed by:  from Southern California. on 6/27/2013
the best kale ever
I have never grow kale before and was so suprised how well this grew. I started growing kale for one reason soup! And it was wonderful so full of flavor! And now we are eating it in salads!
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Reviewed by:  from mid west. on 11/22/2011
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